Q&A on Collecting
Chair has needlepoint cover
Q: This is a photo of my grandmother's chair. She made the needlepoint cover on the seat. Both the needlepoint and chair are in excellent condition.
Anything you can tell me about the style, age and value of the chair will be appreciated.
A: You have a late Victorian side chair. The demi arms, round seat, reeded and slightly splayed/fanned styles, turned legs and stretchers represent furniture design popular around 1870. The demi arms were made to accommodate bustles, and the round seats were caned or decorated with a cushion and needlepoint. Your chair was factory-made and constructed of several different types of wood.
Similar side chairs can be found selling in the range of $100 to $150.
Q: I have enclosed the mark that is on the back of a porcelain cake plate I inherited. The plate is decorated with pastel flowers against a white background and trimmed in gold. It measures approximately 10 inches in diameter and is in perfect condition. Included with the mark are the words “Wild Rose — E & R — Est. 1886.”
I plan to pass my plate on to my daughter and would like to learn more about the maker, vintage and value.
A: Carl Schumann Porcelain factory made your cake plate. They have made porcelain in Arzburg, Bavaria, Germany, since 1881. The letters “E & R” stand for Ebeling & Reuss Co. They were an importing firm in Philadelphia that has imported porcelain from Europe since 1866. “Wild Rose” is the name of the pattern.
Your cake plate was made around 1918 and would probably be worth $25 to $50.
Q: Helping my mother sort through my grandmother’s things, we found a pair of pottery planters. They are shaped like a rooster and a hen and decorated with multicolored feathers in a high-gloss finish. The rooster is over 7 inches tall, and the hen is about 6 inches tall. They are both in perfect condition, and each has a label with the words “Royal Copley.”
Are our chickens “Antique or Junque?”
A: None of the above. Your planters are not old enough to be antiques; nonetheless, they are not junque. They are somewhere in between and in the collectible category. Royal Copley pottery was produced by Spaulding China Co., in Sebring, Ohio, from 1942 to 1957.
You set of planters would probably be worth $40 to $45.
Send your questions to Anne McCollam, P. O. Box 247, Notre Dame, IN 46556.